Carnage | Chicago Reader


A prizewinning debut feature at the Cannes film festival, this 2002 black comedy by French director Delphine Gleize employs the fashionably oblique structure of disparate narratives linked by chance: after a bullfight leaves the matador in a coma, parts of the rendered bull sneak into the lives of a taxidermist and his mother, a scientist and his pregnant wife, a troubled young actress and her bitter mother, and an epileptic preschooler who watched the fight on TV. This is certainly well executed, with a sense of fate and fancy akin to Pedro Almodovar's, but its glibness began to wear on me after the agonizing death of a Great Dane was played for laughs. In French and Spanish with subtitles. 130 min.

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